About the UN Centre in Rome
The UN in Rome is home to the headquarters of three significant UN agencies: the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Accordingly, the broad subject areas of sustainable development, humanitarian action and aid, migration and conflict are key issues at the centre in Rome. As the UN Centre in Rome itself is specialised through the agencies headquartered there, by default the work of SI’s UN Representative in in Rome will also be similarly specialised. However, it should be recognised that the areas of work undertaken at the UN Centre in Rome has cross-cutting importance and will connect with discussions at other UN Centres. Issues of climate change and the environment, humanitarian activities and disaster risk reduction, the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as gender equality are fundamental to the work happening in Rome.
SI’s UN Representative in Rome is to develop expertise in the areas of work of the specialised agencies headquartered there, with the support of SIHQ, the International Director of Advocacy (IDA) and the Global Policy Coordinator (GPC). By being present at the UN Centre in Rome, SI seeks to highlight how gender equality must be both an outcome and implementation mechanisms in all areas of UN activities. SI’s UN Representative in Rome should work with other civil society organisations (CSOs) and non-governmental organisations to ensure this perspective is included. This will include working with CSO coalitions and groups, and SI’s UN Representative is encouraged to seek out leadership opportunities within those groups. They are also encouraged to seek out opportunities to collaborate with UN Member States and Agencies to further the aims of SI and SI Global Policy. (With few other NGOs working exclusively on gender issues or with women and girls are their constituency group in Rome, representing women and girls is particularly important. However, it is also necessary to recognise that NGO group positions need to reflect the diversity of NGOs present and that group positions will reflect that in different ways to other UN Centres where there are NGO groups focusing on specific constituencies.)
To ensure that SI’s UN work is effectively maintained all UN Representatives are expected to provide reports and/or blog on their activities as per their role outline. More information on how to supply that information and reports can be found in the SI UN Representative Manual and will be supplied by SIHQ. All work plans are to be reviewed annually in September.
About the UN Agencies in Rome:
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
The FAO leads international efforts to defeat hunger and seeks to achieve food security for all. This agency is therefore active in promoting sustainable development efforts, distributing aid, and works in humanitarian contexts. To achieve its aims, the FAO works with states, other UN agencies and other organisations.
The World Food Programme (WFP):
The WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation. It focuses on food assistance to build pathways to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impacts of climate change, and works with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. While the WFP is a humanitarian agency, it does situate its work within the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals, and therefore contributes to the humanitarian-development nexus. The importance of the WFP’s work was most recently recognised by the organisation being awarded an Nobel Peace Prize in 2020.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD):
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialised agency of the United Nations dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries. While this agency does have a narrow focus, it also has a wide reach –– three quarters of the poorest people in the world live in rural areas of developing countries and most of them depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Through grants and low-interest loans, IFAD invests in projects that increase food security, improve the nutrition of families, increase incomes, build resilience, and encourage local communities to direct their own development.
Other Activities and Responsibilities relevant to SI Representation in Rome
The 2030 Agenda will guide the programme of work that the UN is developing and will continue to follow for the next 10 years. Due to its impact and relevance, all UN Reps should familiarize themselves with the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular processes and areas most relevant to their allocated thematic issue(s).
Gender Equality should crosscut all SI global policy efforts regardless of the committee/issue assigned. All SI Representatives should be familiar with issues that are barriers to achieving gender equality.
Human Rights crosscut discussions, approaches, implementations, monitoring and evaluation activities that the UN undertakes. All UN Representatives should be knowledgeable on human rights principles and be aware of topical human rights issues, especially those that impact their allocated thematic issue(s).
Relationship Development and maintaining existing relationships with government missions, key groups such as UN agencies, and like-minded CSOs and NGOs is vital to improving the impact of SI’s advocacy work at the UN.
Following International Campaigns/International Days such as 16 Days of Activism to fight VAWG is part of ensuring that SI is up to date with global advocacy trends and issues.
SI Global Policy Committee Working Groups will help drive SI’s global policy activities; SI UN Representatives are expected to participate in working groups and be active on the Global Policy Committee, relevant to their expertise and assigned areas of work, while also taking into account other leadership roles and time commitments the UN Representative has.
Other miscellaneous issues that SI Representatives are called upon to contribute their expertise include: contributing to SI reports and statements; contributing to preparations for UN conferences; sharing relevant information with the SI UN Representative team, International Director of Advocacy and Global Policy Coordinator; holding officer positions in NGO Committees, Coalitions or working groups.
SI UN Representative role responsibilities and description –– Liliana Mosca
- As the only UN Representative in Rome, this role takes on Centre Contact duties. This includes:
- maintaining regular contact and communication SI’s International Director of Advocacy, Global Policy Coordinator and SIHQ to ensure that appropriate and proper support is given to the work undertaken at the UN Centre in Rome;
- contributing to the development and annual review of a UN Centre workplan which helps realise the Global Policy Strategic Plan;
- ensuring opportunities for SI participation and input into UN processes and activities are relayed to SI’s International Director of Advocacy, Global Policy Coordinator and SIHQ.
- Participate in NGO groups, including the Civil Society Mechanism [https://www.ahgingos.org/]
- Collaborate with the UN Representative team, and specifically the team in Nairobi to highlight the role of the environment.
Other Specific Actions to Complete by August 2022:
(All of the below will be supported by and done in collaboration with the International Director of Advocacy, Global Policy Coordinator and SIHQ.)
- Contact FAO colleague who is a Soroptimist in order to discuss SI positions on gender mainstreaming as highlighted in the HLPF Report.
- Work with the IDA and Global Policy Coordinator to identify two to three (minimum) states for SI to reach out to, highlighting policy positions, project work and to invite to any events.
- Attempt to identify one or two additional NGOs who work on issues relevant to women and girls to become more active in Rome.
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